SLST Club of the Year for 2022/23

Surf Boat Rowing

Surf boat racing is one of the most spectacular events in Surf Life Saving competitions. Each surfboat is manned by four rowers and is steered by a sweep. Crews compete head to head racing from the beach, rowing through the surf into open water and turning at a designated set of turning buoys or cans. After rounding the cans, the crews race back to the beach each keeping in their lane or alley. As the surfboat nears the beach the aim is to catch a wave and surf to shore whilst the sweep steers the boat to keep it upright and on the face of the wave. Surfboat races are conducted on a weekly basis throughout the Australian summer and hundreds of boat crews take part.

There are 7 divisions in surf boat rowing competition.

  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Reserves (B Grade)
  • Under 23 Men (Colts)
  • Under 23 Women
  • Under 19 Men
  • Masters (several age groups)

For more information on surf boat rowing email Andrew Fogarty at or contact him at 0418504042